mom [mäm]: noun
1. Best friend. Has faith that could move mountains. Completely authentic; never makes decisions that do not align with morals. Creates a better world, stronger people, and gives graciously.
"My mom tells me I am capable of anything."
Since day one, my mom has instilled in my family that with God on our side, limits do not exist. Dreams are never too big; nothing is out of reach – as Matthew 9:26 says, "…With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (NIV). The first words out of her mouth when I am upset or unsure about a big decision are "pray about it," no matter the heartache, our Lord will create good out of it. Her dedication to our Creator has allowed her to be free and be authentic in all ways, and quite honestly I cannot think of a single situation where she was not completely herself – or has reminded me to be completely true to myself (especially in those lost middle and high school years…).
You could give this woman a million trophies and all the money in the world, but if her heart isn't in it, she'll nix it without a blink of an eye – she does it with passion or not at all. One of these selfless passions of hers is helping others, and she will never give up an opportunity to positively change lives and empower any and everyone she can. My mom's faith, passion and authenticity serve as an anchor for pursuing my passion to help others – two of these being my passion for improving the lives of children battling cancer* and enabling young people to reach their full potential** - because I know how much it means to be cared about myself.
I couldn't tell you the number of times a day my mother tells me she loves me. I couldn't tell you the number of times my mother has told me I'm beautiful, I'm smart, driven, hardworking. Words like these stick with you. Words that are constantly pounded into your head, if you believe, are what you become. My mom chose to instill positive thinking in me, and knowledge of the support system I have. I know when I fail, my mother never needs to remind me, just prepare me for the next jump. My mom makes leaps of faith look tiny; she pushes me to take running-head-start-cliff-jumps, to take skydives of faith. And I'm not afraid to because I know that even if my parachute doesn't go off, she will rescue me. She allows me to take chances, and if I fail she will allow me to learn from it, but will never allow it to ruin me.
Thank you, Mom, for being my best friend. I love you.
*If you'd like to join us in the fight to improve the lives of children battling cancer, head over to LOVE YOUR MELON and click "University of St. Thomas" from the drop down bar at checkout. 50% of proceeds of each product go to PinkySwear and CureSearch to provide immediate support for families with children battling cancer and to find a cure.
** If you'd like to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities in enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, go to The Boys and Girls Club's website to find a club near you.
Mikayla 'Mac" DeNicola is a sophomore at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul Minnesota, studying Leadership & Management in Business, and Psychology. Among her many activies, Mac serves as the Midwest Regional Event Coordinator for Love Your Melon, as well as the President for the UST LYM Campus Crew. She enjoys spending time in the Word, being with her family, seeing people smile, volunteering, traveling and artisticlly creating.
Follow Mac on Instagram: @macdenicola
We are back from our Franchise Conference in Vegas where we gathered to learn, collaborate, and grow to new heights so we can be the best out there for our customers. I wanted to give all of you a glimpse into our amazing Mainstream Family. It is quite a family of dedicated individuals from across the country. All of us came away from the conference inspired, equipped and ready to make a difference in our communities.
One of the heartfelt things we did was to find someone in the room that has impacted and helped us in our businesses, and to thank them. This meaningful exercise resulted in many tears, including mine. The culture we have is unlike anyone else, and that culture has brought us 25 years of growth and success. Our hearts are right. Our quest is genuine - to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone we touch every day! We LOVE what we do!
The picture below is me congratulating Allison, who owns two stores with her mom Debbie. Allison was touched to receive the Sales Champion of the Year Award along with Debbie. Allison worked a corporate job she hated, took a risk in opening a Mainstream Boutique, and has a heart of giving - True Success!
Look at all those beautiful ladies and notice their body language. They are franchises from Minnesota, Texas, North Dakota and Ohio. They encourage one another, share ideas and best practices, and are filled with the love of fashion and people! And they all look stylish in their Mainstream!
Collaboration to get to the BEST answers!
Sharing our 10 Year DREAMS!
Some of our AMAZING Wisconsin owners...
Our Southern Beauties!
Feeling quite emotional after seeing a video from the last 25 years of Mainstream!
And finally, one of the things I love most about what I do - Working with FAMILY!
Our mission is referred to as a ministry amongst franchise owners. Why? It is because we want to love up all who walk through our doors, and really make a difference in your day! For us it is not about ringing up transactions, but about helping you look and feel great. We now have 68 stores in 20 states, with many more to open in small town America. We are your neighborhood boutique. We look at every customer as a CUSTOMER FOR LIFE, and we aim to deliver more than you expect. Often, our staff gets to know you, loves to hear about your life, and delight in helping you select looks to attract many compliments!
We know life is busy, so our goal is to make shopping convenient and FUN! Before we open a store, we study all the details that will make life easier for you, such as parking. At most of our stores, you are able to drive up and park out front.
You will find light, airy colors, beautiful lighting, spacious dressing rooms, and a staff ready to attend to all of your fashion needs.
Unlike most boutiques, we realize not everyone is a size small or 6, so you will find sizes fitting to a roomy 14, and sometimes larger. We pay attention to fit! Whether you are a size 0 or a size 14, we will have great options for you!
We are proud to be a multi generation clothing boutique catering to ages from 18 to 80 and beyond! Our stylists will help you find age appropriate, trendy fashions that you are sure to have FUN in!
We continuously try new lines such as the one below to always bring you a unique and affordable collection. Our buying power allows us to negotiate best prices, which we pass on to you! Once you sign up on our e-mail list, you will receive monthly promotions to save even more!
You will find an array of fun colorful tops this spring in rich, comfortable fabrics.
Our denim collection is tried and true. With over 25 years buying experience, we know what women want in the perfect pair of jeans, so be sure to take time to try some on! It will be difficult to pick tops to pair with your new favorite jeans because there are so many to choose from. Our stores receive DAILY shipments. Often we get a limited quantity in items to keep you looking as unique as the person you are!
And we always have the best accessories to mix and match with your favorite Mainstream clothing because we know how very important it is to be polished and sparkling!
So, what are you waiting for? Come see us soon!
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